Our Team

Maria Maixenchs has a Nursing degree from de University of Vic (UVic) and a BSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She obtained her PhD at the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2020. She also has a MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the UB, a BA on Culture of Peace (UAB) and a MSc in Clinical Research: International Health Track (UB). 

She worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in Kenya, Angola and Darfur from 1999 to 2004. Thereafter she was a researcher at the School for a Culture of Peace (UAB). 

In 2006 she joined the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and has been working in social sciences research, spending five years in Mozambique. Currently, she is based in Barcelona. Her current interest is on issues related to acceptability and feasibility of new methods for cause of death determination. 

Lines of research

  • New methods for cause of death determination

Main publications

  • Marbán-Castro E et al. (2020) Uncertainties, Fear and Stigma: Perceptions of Zika Virus among Pregnant Women in Spain. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6643; doi:10.3390/ijerph17186643
  • O’Mara Sage E, et al (2019) Investigating the Feasibility of Child Mortality Surveillance with Postmortem Tissue Sampling: Generating Constructs and Variables to Strengthen Validity and Reliability in Qualitative Research. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Oct 9;69(Supplement_4):S291-S301. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz564.
  • Maixenchs M, et al. (2019) Socio-anthropological methods to study the feasibility and acceptability of the minimally invasive autopsy from the perspective of local communities: lessons learnt from a large multi-centre study, Global Health Action, 12:1, 1559496, doi: 10.1080/16549716.2018.155949
  • Maixenchs M, et al. (2016) Willingness to Know the Cause of Death and Hypothetical Acceptability of the Minimally Invasive Autopsy in Six Diverse African and Asian Settings: A Mixed Methods Socio-Behavioural Study. PLoS Med 13(11): e1002172. doi:10.1371/vjournal.pmed.1002172 
  • Maixenchs M, et al. (2015) Post-ART Symptoms Were Not the Problem: A Qualitative Study on Adherence to ART in HIV-Infected Patients in a Mozambican Rural Hospital. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0137336. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137336